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Rural Home Modification: Overview and Policy Issues in Rural and Regional Australia

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Authors Jung, Y., Millikan, L.
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Audience Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry, Librarians/Researchers/Students
ISBN 978-0-7334-27

This study is exploratory by nature, and aims to present comprehensive features of rural home modification in Australia.

Based on the findings, this report hopes to

  • contribute to the identification of policy issues in home modification in rural areas,
  • extract the policy implications for a wider application of home modification and
  • recommend policy initiatives that promote age-friendly housing environments in rural areas through home modification.

 

Feedback and case examples on the issues are welcomed.

 

Publication History

1st edition Rural Home Modification: Overview and Policy Issues in Rural and Regional Australia by Yong Moon Jung and Lyndal Millikan, November 2009. Reprinted May 2014.


Table of Contents

Contents

  • Background
  • Aim
  • Defining rural areas
  • Issues impacting on rural home modification
    • A higher proportion of older adults
    • Access to health services
    • Higher incidence of falls
    • Substandard housing environment
    • Higher attachment to home
  • Actual conditions of rural home modification
    • Data
    • Service usage
    • Demographic characteristics
      • Age
      • Gender
      • Indigenous Status
      • Language spoken
    • Circumstances for home modification services
      • Living arrangements
      • Carer availability
      • Accommodation status
    • Policy issues in rural home modification
      • Skill shortage
      • Disadvantaged consumer groups
      • Regulatory and educational issues
  • Summary and conclusion
  • References

Tables

  • Table 1. Home modification users in comparison with population distribution (%)
  • Table 2. Age (%)
  • Table 3. Gender in comparison with gender ratio (%)
  • Table 4. Indigenous status (%)
  • Table 5. CALD (%)
  • Table 6. Living arrangements (%)
  • Table 7. Existence of carer (%)
  • Table 8. Carer residency status (%)
  • Table 9. Accommodation (%)*
  • Table 10. Government pension/benefit status (%)
  • Table 11. Distribution of selected health workforce
  • Table 12. Availability of care resources among disadvantaged home modification

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